The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel
What We Love
- Victoria Harbor vistas from most of the guest rooms
- Afternoon tea service with intoxicating infusions by local purveyor Jing
- The century-old cotton tree that greets guests upon arrival
- The Murray 75, the hotel’s signature orange blossom-forward version of the classic French cocktail
What To Know
- With rooms that starting at 500 square feet, this hotel has one of the city’s most spacious accommodations
- An in-house nutritionist can create customized menus for guests with dietary restrictions
- A one Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant opens doors soon
- The hotel’s pillow menu offers 16 choices, including a “snore-no-more” option
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Chicly restored Norman Foster knockout flanked by Victoria Peak, featuring harbor views and a Michelin-starred restaurant
When British architect Ron Philips designed this gridded ivory behemoth about 50 years ago, it was intended to function as a no-nonsense bureaucratic hive—but a 45-month-long renovation unveiled a dramatic revamp of the former government office. While long-admired features like its geometric façade and arcades remain untouched, powerhouse design firm Foster + Partners sought to make the urban icon a more permeable sanctuary, trading the building’s original fortress-like parking lot for a leafy courtyard that now includes a public tai chi area. Rooms are dapper and leather-bound, with surfaces covered in rare white stone. Sexy surprises continue in the form of a lobby redolent with Sicilian citrus and a glass-encased rooftop pavilion. The latter houses Popinjays (named for the resident cockatoos on neighboring Garden Road), a wraparound terrace bar with a curated selection of vintage champagnes. Though you’re within easy reach of the city’s buzzing retail heart, the property’s many sanctuaries of calm, including a soothing vitality pool, make this a coveted cocoon amidst Hong Kong’s urban sprawl.
In the Area
Though you can choose from one of five restaurants onsite, venture out for an all-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at nearby Duddell’s, perched above an outpost of local clothing boutique, Shanghai Tang. The hotel’s Cotton Tree Drive location mean guests are within a pebble’s throw of Hong Kong Park, a rare stretch of green in the concrete jungle featuring an aviary and the Hong Kong Teaware Museum. The international airport is approximately a 35-minute drive while Central, the closest subway station, is just a 10-minute walk.
How to Get There
I stayed two nights at this ultra-modern hotel, The Murray. From the first door opened for me to the final goodbye as I was hailed a cab for the airport, the service from everyone was FIRST CLASS.
The hotel itself looks like an old office building, but on the inside it's the opposite. It's modern, light and bright, with smart design touches everywhere.
The room was spacious (for Hong Kong especially so!), marble everywhere in the bathroom, and Westin-comfort beds.
The hotel shined when it came to helping me in a desperate situation. I misread my flight schedule, and I realized that my flight departs Hong Kong in 90 minutes.
I ran into the General Manager (Adriano Vences) in the elevator, and told him my status. He helped me for the next 10 minutes check out and hail a cab despite me having no cash in hand! Try doing that sometime on your own in HK...
Everyone had a sense of urgency in helping me make my flight. And I did, with a few minutes to spare!
Upon arriving at home in USA, I realized I left my iPad in my room. I email the hotel yesterday, and they responded today that they have it! Wow.
A beautiful hotel, delicious restaurants, and good location a 10-minute walk from Central. The only negative is no outside pool. Service at The Murray above and beyond... I'll be back!
Thanks again, Adriano!
同朋友一齊喺The Murray HK staycation 俾我有個好好嘅體驗。全程 from check-in, baggage service, room service, 餐廳食嘢, 嗰個服務員嘅態度非常好有專業。酒店位置，店內裝潢也有高科技感，好適合商務或者旅遊客人住。房間打掃得好乾淨裝飾也特別溫馨，仲有手寫的卡片好有personal touch！Keep up the good work.
the hotel is really beautiful. like the architecture, art pieces and flower decoration.
the swimming pool is too small surprise..out of my expectation.
the breakfast service is not as good as the food. like the food a lot.